Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

I love a good novel in verse, and I’d heard chatter about Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc and so when I discovered it on my library shelves the other day, I picked it up. I ultimately really liked the artistic decisions made with the book, but I don’t really feel more connected to the story now like I usually do after reading books in verse.

Voices tells the story of Joan of Arc through her own voice and the voices of…objects around her. Yes, it’s kind of as weird as it sounds. We hear from the fire that will burn her, and the stake, and some items of her clothing, and a weapon and the tower she’s imprisoned in. There’s also snippets from the historical record and things from Saints, all that jazz. It’s a weird concept, yes, but what I liked was the way the author used different poetic styles throughout, instead of just sticking with blank verse.

While I liked the idea behind this book, and think the story of Joan of Arc is really interesting, this book just…didn’t connect with me that well. I liked the poetry, but the story just…fell flat. I didn’t feel like I knew Joan of Arc better through this story and by calling the “voices” as those coming from inanimate objects, kind of…cheapens the story. It’s weird, I don’t know how to explain it, but I think it’s an interesting quick read even if I don’t know if I’ll ever read it again.

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  1. indiefan20 says:

    I think Joan of Arc is a very interesting historical figure too, as someone who is agnostic (and doesn’t involve themselves with organized religion at all) I think it’s an interesting case of science vs. faith. With her seizures and hallucinations, I can’t help wondering if Joan of Arc had a rare form of epilepsy (like Annaliese Michel, who displayed similar symptoms and was killed during exorcism.) This book sounds interesting and I actually think getting POV from inanimate objects sounds kind of cool, but it also sounds like the author should have focused more on her biographical subject and developing her in a way that made readers connect with her. I might read this book, but I won’t expect too much. Great review! 🙂

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